Update: Lawmakers Walk Out of Muslim Prayer in Washington State House

March 5, 2003

Source: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer


On March 5, 2003 The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that "Rep. Lois McMahan will apologize on the state House floor today for comments she made about her decision to sit out a prayer delivered Monday by a Muslim cleric that opened the session, legislative staff members said... McMahan, a Republican from Gig Harbor, did not mean to offend anyone when she explained to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that she made a personal decision for 'patriotic' and other reasons to remain off the floor during the prayer."